In November 2022, Disney CEO Bob Chapek was removed from his position after being ousted by several Disney executives. Mr. Robert Iger returned to his post as Chief Executive Officer. Just a few short months later, Iger’s shakeup is underway.
Right after Chapek was removed in November, we saw the departure of his right-hand man, Kareem Daniel, who was the Chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. The former Disney executive quickly joined the fast-food industry as a board member with McDonald’s. Just days after Kareem Daniel’s departure, we said goodbye to Arthur Bochner, Bob Chapek’s Chief of Staff and Speech Writer.
We have also seen Disney Chairman Susan Arnold stepping down from her role. The difference with Arnold is that Disney made it very clear that she was not fired, but instead, she reached her 15-year board term limit with The Walt Disney Company. Nike Executive Chairman, Mark Parker, is taking Arnold’s place on the board.
Additionally, forty-two years after first joining Imagineering, Bob Weis announced his retirement as, most recently, Disney’s Global Imagineering Ambassador and, before that, as President of the Organization. His official departure from Disney was on January 2, 2023.
Plus, let’s not forget about the rumor mill. Rumors have flurried that other executives could be the next on the chopping block. Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm for more than 10 years, for example, has been speculated as next in line to go.
On February 9, 2023, the day after The Walt Disney Company’s first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2023, we’re learning another Disney executive is walking under Iger’s shakeup. Rebecca Cambell, Disney’s Chairman of International Content and Operations, is leaving the company.
@ScottGustin took to social media to report, “Disney says Rebecca Campbell, Chairman, International Content and Operations, “has decided to leave the Company.” She will stay on through June to help with the transition.”
Additionally, @AshleyLCarter1 reported Disney’s statement of Campbell’s departure, “An esteemed leader and longtime industry veteran, Campbell will stay on through June to help with the transition.”
Rebecca Campbell joined Disney several years ago, in 1997, and has undertaken many leadership roles within the company, including the President of ABC-owned TV stations and the President of Disneyland Resort. Most recently, she has been responsible “for expanding the international content creation pipeline through the development and production of entertainment and sports content in local markets throughout Asia Pacific, EMEA, India and Latin America. Additionally, she manages the Company’s international linear channels, local ad sales, and local distribution outside the U.S. She also oversees the Disney+ Hotstar business in India.”
With the news of Campbell stepping down after the first quarter earnings report and Bob Iger’s announcement of 7,000 layoffs ahead, the Disney fandom can’t help but wonder if more executives will hit the chopping block in the near future.